Rumors swirled online recently about the possibility of moving the International Paper Money Show out of Memphis, Tenn., but no decision has been made as yet, according to show owner Lyn K. Knight.
“Currently we do not have a contract [for 2015] that we like but we do have a set of dates we are working on that should work,” Knight said. After the 40th annual show in 2016, “I will actively work on moving if airline connections do not improve.”
Knight of Lyn Knight Currency Auctions in Lenexa, Kan., purchased the IPMS from the Memphis Coin Club in 2009.
At the time of the purchase, Knight said the show would stay in Memphis and was “penciled in” by the Cook Convention Center for Father’s Day weekend through 2017.
The first show managed by Knight’s company, LFK Tradeshows Inc., was held in 2010.
Comments about a possible new city for the show were made by paper money dealers and collectors July 8 on the U.S. & World Currency Forum at Collectors Universe.
Participants in the discussion offered opinions on where they would like to see the show moved to if it becomes necessary: Kansas City, Kan.; St. Louis; Denver or Colorado Springs, Colo; Dallas,; Virginia Beach, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; New York City; Nashville, Tenn; Atlanta; Las Vegas, Nev.; Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; New Orleans; Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach in Florida; Omaha, Neb.; the area of San Diego or Los Angeles; and Indianapolis.
Some discussion participants suggested a different city each year, reminiscent of American Numismatic Association conventions in years past.
Participants who would support a move most often cited the cost of flying into Memphis and noted that it is difficult to make airline connections to the city.